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WHO’S DOING WHAT: Attorneys make Chambers USA list; Butler to join American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

By: Erika Strebel, [email protected]//May 15, 2018//

WHO’S DOING WHAT: Attorneys make Chambers USA list; Butler to join American Academy of Appellate Lawyers

By: Erika Strebel, [email protected]//May 15, 2018//

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Reinhart attorneys get props

A legal services directory recently named 14 Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren attorneys as “Leaders in their Field.” Also, six of Reinhart’s practice areas were recognized in the directory’s 2018 edition.

Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business featured the following attorneys in Reinhart’s Milwaukee office:

  • James Bedore in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions;
  • Bruce Block in Real Estate;
  • Scott Hansen in General Commercial Litigation;
  • David Hanson in Intellectual Property and Intellectual Property Litigation;
  • Steven Huff in Labor and Employment: Employee Benefits & Compensation;
  • Michael Jankowski in Banking and Finance;
  • James Morrow in Intellectual Property;
  • Timothy Reardon in Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions;
  • John Reichert in Banking and Finance;
  • Allen Schlinsog in General Commercial Litigation;
  • Robert Sholl in Labor and Employment;
  • Deborah Tomczyk in Real Estate; and
  • John Wink in Banking and Finance.

Chambers USA also listed Jesse Ishikawa in Real Estate. He is based out of Reinhart’s Madison office.

In addition, Reinhart earned a top ranking for its Real Estate practice and is also ranked in Banking and Finance, Corporate/Mergers and Acquisitions, Labor and Employment, General Commercial Litigation, and Intellectual Property.

Chambers USA ranks firms and lawyers in various practice areas. Criteria include legal knowledge and experience, effectiveness, professional conduct and commitment to client service.

Davis & Kuelthau shareholder listed as top IP attorney

A legal directory recently named a Davis & Kuelthau shareholder as a top attorney in his field for the sixth year in a row.

Chambers USA selected intellectual property attorney Joseph Heino as part of a group of attorneys named “Leaders in their Field” and was featured in the May edition of Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business.

Heino represents a wide range of clients in the local, regional and national manufacturing and service sectors and helps those clients protect their intellectual property. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 1982.

Chambers USA ranks firms and lawyers around the nation in various practice areas.

DeWitt litigator, former justice joins academy

DeWitt Ross & Stevens recently announced attorney and former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Louis Butler has been invited to join the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.

The academy’s membership is limited and by invitation only. Butler will be recognized at the induction dinner during the Academy’s 2018 fall meeting, which will be held in Oct. 5-7 at the Westin San Francisco.

Butler was the first African-American to serve on the Wisconsin Supreme Court and was the first public defender in Wisconsin to argue before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Milwaukee personal-injury firm adds attorney

Hupy and Abraham recently hired a lawyer from the Washington, D.C., area to its legal team.

Ramzy Halaby, who will be working in the firm’s Madison office, earned his law degree from the American University Washington College of Law in 2002. Before joining the firm, Halaby worked as a personal injury attorney in the Washington, D.C., area for more than 14 years and is licensed to practice in Arkansas and Wisconsin.

Ruder Ware opens Green Bay office

Ruder Ware recently opened a new office with three new attorneys.

Attorneys Ronald Metzler, Christopher Pahl and Chad Levanetz will work out of the new office at 222 Cherry St., Green Bay.

Metzler, a commercial attorney with close ties to the banking industry, has practiced law for more than 30 years. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1985.

Pahl practices real estate development and condominium law as well as commercial transactions and estate planning. He earned his law degree from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2004.

Levanetz counsels clients in the areas of real estate, construction and general business disputes. He earned his law degree from Marquette University Law School in 2005.

6 Ogletree Deakins attorneys listed in legal directory

Ogletree Deakins recently announced that six attorneys from the firm’s Milwaukee office were recognized by a legal directory.

Chambers USA’s annual ranking of U.S. law firms includes the following lawyers from the firm’s Milwaukee office:

  • Bernard Bobber;
  • Tim Costello;
  • David Froiland;
  • Eric Hobbs;
  • Tim Kamin; and
  • Kevin Kinney.

The firm’s offices in 26 states and the District of Columbia, as well as 86 of the firm’s attorneys, have been included in the 2018 edition.

Madison attorney to chair New York power grid’s board

Ave Bie
Ave Bie

Quarles & Brady recently announced that one of its attorneys will lead the board of a nonprofit company that operates New York state’s power grid.

Business law, utilities and energy attorney Ave Bie was named board chair for the New York Independent System Operator. She is also managing partner of the firm’s Madison office and joined Quarles & Brady in 2005.

Bie, who earned her law degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1990, has spent her career serving in state and local government positions and counseling utilities and independent power producers. She is the former chair of the Wisconsin Public Service Commission.

Michael Best adds partner to Milwaukee office

Jennifer Ciralsky
Jennifer Ciralsky

Michael Best & Friedrich recently announced it added Jennifer Ciralsky to its Milwaukee office as a partner.

Ciralsky works in the firm’s labor and employment relations practice group and advises clients on a broad range of employment laws. She also provides counsel on discipline and terminations as well as affirmative action obligations. Ciralsky defends employers in state and federal courts and before various government agencies.

Prior to joining Michael Best, Ciralsky worked at a global labor and employment firm. She earned her law from Georgetown University Law Center in 2002.

Commission recognizes 6 DeWitt Ross & Stevens attorneys

DeWitt Ross & Stevens recently announced that six of its attorneys were recognized by the Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission as members of its 2017 Wisconsin Pro Bono Honor Society.

The following attorneys provided at least 50 hours of qualifying pro bono legal services in 2017 to assist people of limited means:

  • Lindsey Anderson – Family Law – Waukesha County;
  • Troy Mayne – Real Estate Law –  Dane County;
  • John Movroydis – Estate Planning – Waukesha County;
  • Michele Perreault – Family Law – Dane County;
  • Megan Senatori – Litigation – Dane County; and
  • Raluca Vais-Ottosen – Immigration Law – Dane County.

The Wisconsin Access to Justice Commission is a 17-person body that works to ensure poor Wisconsin residents have access to the civil-justice system.

Michael Best adds litigation partner to Madison office

Michael Best & Friedrich recently announced that Shane Brunner has joined the firm as a partner in the firm’s Litigation Practice Group.

Brunner, who earned his law degree from University of Wisconsin Law School in 1999, has more than 18 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and other complex commercial disputes. He has represented clients in patent, trademark, trade secret, unfair competition and contract matters in a variety of industries, including pharmaceuticals, manufacturing, biotechnology and computer technologies.


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